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Eyelid and conjunctiva

Learning objectives

After completing this study unit you will be able to:

  1. Recognize the eyelid and conjunctiva on histological images.
  2. Identify the different parts of these structures.

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The eyelids are thin mobile folds of soft tissue covering and protecting the anterior surface of the eyeball.

From superficial to deep, the eyelid is made of epidermis, dermis, the orbicularis oculi muscle, the orbital septum, the tarsal plate and the palpebral conjunctiva.

The conjunctiva is a transparent mucous membrane that lines the inner surface of the eyelids (palpebral conjunctiva) and the anterior surface of the sclera (bulbar conjunctiva). 

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